If you have worked in an environment where you have been exposed to loud levels of noise, you may be eligible to apply for funding towards your hearing aids from ACC. We are here to help get you started, and will be in regular contact throughout the application process, answering any questions you may have.
What help is available from ACC?
If you are eligible, ACC will contribute towards the costs involved in purchasing, maintaining and repairing your hearing aids. They also cover the cost of your hearing aid batteries and deliver them to your home. ACC will provide funding for replacement hearing aids once every six years, if you need new ones.
How do I apply?
The first step is to book a hearing test at your local Bay Audiology clinic. After getting tested, if your audiologist finds you may be eligible for ACC funding, simply see your doctor, who will complete the claim form and send it to ACC on your behalf. ACC will ask you for information about your work and medical history and may also contact your previous employer(s). You will also need to have your hearing tested by an audiologist and have a consultation with an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist.
What will it cost me?
If your ACC claim is approved, Bay Audiology have fully-funded hearing aid options, regardless of the level of funding you receive. If your level of ACC funding doesn’t fully cover the cost of your preferred hearing solution, you can choose to pay the difference yourself. Your audiologist will help you understand which solution is right for you.
How much funding is available to me and how is it determined?
The funding available to you from ACC depends on how much of your hearing loss is work-related, and how much is due to other factors, such as your age or hobbies. This is assessed by an ENT specialist. ACC use this information to work out how much funding they will contribute towards your hearing aid(s). ACC contributions range between $3000 to $5000 for a pair of hearing aids.